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Recap / South Park S 8 E 13 Cartmans Incredible Gift

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Airdate: December 8, 2004

After sustaining a severe head injury, Cartman appears to have the power to see into the future. Park County detectives are quick to enlist his help in cracking unsolved murder cases and Cartman is more than willing to help... for a price. In the meantime, a group of "licensed" psychics cry foul when Cartman refuses to join their ranks.


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  • Disproportionate Retribution: After the Psychic Detectives threaten Cartman with a class action lawsuit for refusing to join them (and pay royalties), he promptly claims they're responsible for the mass serial killings to the police, who promptly arrest them with heavy amounts of Police Brutality and No Kill Like Overkill.
  • Jack the Ripoff: Averted. When he Left-Hand Killer keeps killing despite Tom Johannsen (the guy Yates assumed to be the killer on account of Cartman's "premonitions") being arrested, he presumes it to be the work of a copy-cat killer. When Cartman provides a suspect for that, Yates presumes there is a second copy-cat killer when that doesn't work, and so on and so on.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: The South Park P.D.'s SWAT team promptly riddle one of the Psychic Detectives with bullets when he pretends to use his powers on them, despite it being pretty obvious he's faking any kind of ability.
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  • Phony Psychic: Cartman, Kyle and the other Psychic Detectives.
  • Police are Useless: In his efforts in finding the Left-Hand Killer, Officer Harrison Yates becomes convinced that Cartman is a psychic and hires him to be there psychic detective. Cartman makes him think that Tom Johannsen, owner of the local ice cream shop, is the killer and Yates has him arrested. When the killings continue unobstructed, rather than thinking that Cartman was simply wrong, he presumes to think that it is a copycat killer. As Cartman uses his "psychic abilities" to have them arrest the "copy-cat killers", it never occurs to Yates that Cartman was simply wrong the first time. When the actual killer is there at the crime-scene, covered in blood and rambling like a mad man, they overlook him, brushing off Kyle's attempts at directing their attention toward him because he wasn't a psychic. It takes Kyle injuring himself and convincing him that he is a psychic for him to even consider looking into it, and even then he dismisses the actual killer because he mistakes the various human hands he has as being right hands. After that, it takes an extensive criminological montage at the police station (even forgetting what he was doing half way through) does he then put it together.
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  • Psychic Children: When Cartman was able to guess what the hospital was serving for dinner, Harrison Yates thinks that Cartman gained psychic powers and hires him to be their psychic detective.
  • Real After All: After repeatedly insisting there's no such thing as psychic powers, Kyle angrily yells at Cartman and the phony psychics to stop their stupid "fight." The lightbulbs in the room immediately break, while a shelf holding various equipment becomes dislodged. Everyone stares at Kyle in shock, and he insists there's a logical explanation for that.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Cartman's cardboard wings stunt, the other boys stare in surprise and then promptly walk off.
  • Shout-Out: The plot itself bares more than a few reference to Red Dragon and The Dead Zone.
  • Time-Passage Beard: When Cartman wakes up from his coma, it is shown that he has grown a beard... only for the Doctor to ask the nurse to remove the face warmer and that he was only in a coma for two days.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Cartman actually thought he could fly with cardboard wings. It is a miracle that he didn't die or wasn't paralyzed for life.

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